A Website Analysis on the Reformation of Marijuana Laws
NORML, or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, founded in 1970, is a non profit, public interest advocacy group which fights for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and want an end to arresting responsible marijuana smokers. In its website, the organization states that its mission is to “move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty” (NORML website). Cannabis, the scientific term for the plant which the marijuana leaf is grown on, is used throughout the site. NORML, the oldest and largest marijuana legalization organization in the country, supports the idea of a legal marijuana market, and removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by responsible adults. Through their website, NORML hopes to inform people who are interested in helping their cause to learn more about them, and to keep organization members connected to what is happening in other chapters and around the world.
A similar website is the organization, Efficacy’s site. Efficacy is a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization advocating peaceful ways to respond to social problems. The site is very effective in attracting people’s attention through colors and quick, interesting facts. It does this by having a bar on the top of the screen that change every couple of seconds, with facts such as, “The US imprisons more of its own people than any other country in the world,” and “the drug war has been Americas longest war”(Efficacy-Online). Beyond this, the first headline on the site is “Drug War Clock 2003,” under this headline they have a chart listing the current time, the amount of money spent both state wide and nationally on the drug war, number of drug arrests, people imprisoned, and HIV infected. All of the numbers on the chart are continuously changing, giving people the ability to put into perspective the effect of the drug war. Similar to NORML, Efficacy wants there to be a reform on drug laws in the US, except Efficacy is more based on making peace and ending the drug war, rather than for the medical, personal, and industrial uses like NORML. Efficacy hopes to educate people on drug abuse, and crime prevention, and encourages citizens to re-examine the drug policy.
NORML’s website is very informative of their motives and aspirations. On the home page there are many recent events and media headlines that involved NORML or support their cause. Recent events include Hemp-fest in Boston, Ma, and recent articles include ones about the crackdown on drug paraphernalia sales, and its lack of effect on businesses in Wilmington, NC shops. Links from the home page lead to ways to donate to NORML, frequently asked questions, news archives, ways to take action, NORML...